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Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

Updated: Apr 19

Beginner Sewing Class at LindaZ's Sewing Center
Beginner Sewing Class at LindaZ's Sewing Center

Sewing can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but it can also be intimidating for beginners who are just starting out. It’s important to choose the right sewing machine for your skill level and budget.

There are plenty of great options that won’t break the bank but still offer quality results. In this guide, we’ll cover everything from basic features to advanced ones.

Here at LindaZ's Sewing Center, we have been helping sewists find their machines since the 1960s. If you would like more information from one of our sales representatives, feel free to use our contact form or call us during business hours. If you purchase a machine on our website you can pick one of the many virtual classes we created in the last few years. These classes cover a wide variety of techniques such as modern quilting, traditional quilting, bag-making, and in the hoop embroidery projects!

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Sewing Machine for Beginners

When choosing the best sewing machine for beginners, there are a few key factors to consider. You’ll want to think about the type of projects you plan to take on with your new machine. Different machines offer different features and capabilities, so it’s important to find the one that fits your needs.

If you’ll be tackling thicker fabrics like denim or leather, then an industrial-style machine with a strong motor might be best for you. Check our Juki Sewing Machines selection. If you’re looking for a more affordable option our Bernette models start at $249. We can offer an extra 10% OFF the bernette 33, 35 & 38 & 05 with code reading10.

Best Budget Options for Beginner Sewers

Bernette 05 Academy beginner machine with tray table
Beginner machine Bernette

If you’re just starting on your sewing journey and don’t want to break the bank, there are a few great budget options that will still offer quality results. Entry-level machines such as the Bernette 33, Bernette 35 are excellent choices for beginners. They are easy to use, have a variety of stitch options, and are lightweight and portable.

The Bernette 38 is the top model in the bernette 30 series. This computerised sewing machine offers a wide range of functions at an affordable price–leaving nothing to be desired. It offers 394 different stitches, including the stretch stitch for elastic fabrics.

If you would like assistance or even test some of these machines you can schedule an appointment with one of our sales representatives via Facetime or in the store!

Mid-Range Options for Experienced Beginners

If you’re looking to upgrade from an entry-level machine but don’t want to go too high-end, there are a few great mid-range options. The Babylock Jazz 2 is a really popular sewing machine for beginners and it offers a wide range of features and functions.

  • Large 12" Workspace

  • 28 Built-In Stitches

  • Programmable Needle/Up Down

  • 1,000 Stitches Per Minute Speed

  • Built-In Needle Threader

  • Hands-Free Presser Foot

For a slightly higher price point, the Bernette 38 is another great choice. It may cost a bit more than some entry-level machines but it offers features such as an automatic needle threader, adjustable presser foot pressure, an automatic threader cutter, and a tie-off function making it a great option for experienced beginners.

Pfaff Sewing Machine With Great Free Bundle And Price
Pfaff Sewing Machine With Great Free Bundle And Price

The Pfaff Ambition 1.0 Sewing Machine is another great choice that offers plenty of features at a reasonable price point. When your purchase this machine from LindaZ's, you will receive a freebie bundle including an extension table, bobbins, bobbin box, Pfaff scissors, needles, circular attachement and an accessory book, valued at $283.

Large Sewing Space

The sewing area to the right of the needle is 200mm, great for large sewing projects.

136 Stitches

A wide variety of beautiful 7mm stitches, including utility stitches, buttonholes, decorative stitches, quilt stitches, cross stitches and hemstitches.

Large, high resolution screen

You can view your selections, options and stitch information on screen. Also, all stitches are shown in real size.

High-end machines

For those who are looking for the best of the best, there are plenty of high-end machines to choose from. The Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9410QC Sewing and Quilting Machine is designed with quilters and sewers in mind. It offers a range of features such as an automatic thread cutter, adjustable presser foot pressure, a knee lift lever, and beautful screen to adjust all your settings. The motor is really strong and it will sew through a lot of layers!

Elevate your quilting and sewing passion with the Janome Memory Craft 9450. This top-of-the-line machine is engineered to empower your creativity. Experience effortless precision with its 350 built-in stitches, smooth feeding technology, and spacious 11-inch workspace. Customize stitches, save your favorites, and navigate projects with ease using the intuitive color touchscreen. Unleash intricate designs with the advanced needle plate and foot, perfect for curves and topstitching.

We proudly stock an extensive range of the finest machines in the industry, including renowned brands such as Bernina, Brother, Janome, Juki, Pfaff, Husqvarna Viking, and Babylock. Additionally, we provide exceptional financing options to make your dream machine more accessible than ever before.


No matter your skill level or budget, there is a sewing machine out there for you. Entry-level machines are perfect for those just starting out, mid-range options offer plenty of features at an affordable price, and high-end machines are great for experienced sewers who want the best. No matter what kind of project you’re working on, there’s a sewing machine to match your needs and help make your project a success. With the right tools, even beginners can create beautiful and long-lasting projects! So get out there and start sewing today!

Happy Sewing!

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